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February 25, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

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‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

A closer look at Byron Council’s fossil fuel investments

Is Byron Council putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to reducing carbon emissions?

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial

A police officer accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in Byron Bay more than three years ago is to continue facing trial this week.

Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Research takes the vegan option to a new level

A project by Flinders University will see their Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development fishing for new vegan ideas.

Suffolk pump track

Dr Ray Moynihan, Suffolk Park Thanks to The Echo for ongoing coverage of the debate about the proposed pump track...

Charlie Chaplin, accompanied by a live score performed by Benjamin Walsh and Shenzo Gregorio.

Who doesn’t love Charlie and live music?

Cinemart proudly presents a selection of classic early short films from cinema legend Charlie Chaplin, accompanied by a live score performed by local musicians Benjamin Walsh (The Bird, Orkestra of the Underground) and Shenzo Gregorio (Fourplay). These two multi-talented instrumentalists play an impressive array of instruments, working tirelessly to create a two-person Orchestra.

Silent film was never silent. Before sound recording was introduced into the process of filmmaking, silent films would almost always be accompanied by live music. This unique event celebrates the genius of cinema legend Chaplin, and his ground breaking comedy, which remains hilarious to audiences of all ages even 100 years later.

Byron Theatre – Sunday 28 February, 7.30pm. For tickets visit: byroncentre.com.au.


The Beautiful Girls perform at the last night of Summerstage

The last of summer

As the last weekend of Lisa Hunt’s SummerStage appears on the horizon, the soul diva herself will play one of the last shows for the event – Byron’s Divas Of Jazz, + Epic and Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul will play the Red Devils Park Stage, on Saturday, from 4pm.

The final show for the season will see The Beautiful Girls headline, plus Loonaloop, and Narli on Sunday from 3pm.

This is your last chance to get in on this hot summer action. For more info and tickets, visit: summerstagebyronbay.com.au.


Emma Pask performing at Lismore City Hall alongside James Morrison.

Legends light up Lismore

James Morrison is renowned as one of the finest jazz players Australia has ever produced. Perhaps best known as a trumpet virtuoso, his showmanship extends to playing tuba, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, double bass, guitar and piano during his stellar international career. He has played professionally since the age of seven, alongside the best jazz musicians of our time, including Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, and Wynton Marsalis. His dream team quartet now comprises his sons William and Harry, and drummer Patrick Danao.

When Emma Pask last performed at the City Hall in 2007, Morrison described her as ‘The greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals in the last decade.’ He spotted her while she was giving a high school concert when she was just 16. She sang with his band that night and their musical collaboration has entertained audiences around the world for more than 20 years. Emma has performed for adoring audiences including Diana, the late Princess of Wales; Princess Mary of Denmark; and at the wedding of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

Also on the bill are our very own Conservatorium Youth Jazz Orchestras who will attend a workshop with the visitors in the afternoon and perform a couple of numbers with them on the concert stage.

See them all, Friday 12 March, 7.30pm. Find out more from: www.lismorecityhall.com.au


Outside at The YAC

Outdoors with David Attenborough at the YAC

Byron Youth Service’s Conscious Movie Club is partnering with The Joyality Project for a not-for-profit outdoor movie evening at the YAC, with follow up activities, to create a community of all ages who will take action and make positive social and environmental change.

A Life On Our Planet is both informative and inspiring. It is a moving story that talks about humanity’s impacts on nature, but it is not all depressing – there is also a message of hope for future generations.

Movie goers will enjoy live acoustic music from Adam and Jake Harpaz, delicious pizza from local favourite Pizza Loca and an engaging Q&A with Patrick Honan, an entomologist who helped to bring the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect back from the brink of extinction. We will also be joined by facilitators and participants of The Joyality Project, an organisation dedicated to empowering people by facilitating acquisition of the skills and resources to be resilient change makers at this perilous time on our planet.

A follow up event on Wednesday, 3 March, from 6pm will guide Conscious Movie Club members to dive deeper into the challenges and insight that arose during the film and transform these into action.

A Life On Our Planet will screen this Friday, at the Youth Activities Centre (YAC), located at 1 Gilmore Cres, Byron Bay.

The movie night will kick off at 6.30pm. Soak up the vibe with a picnic, a blanket, a cushion or two, your mates, and free popcorn and refreshments. It is an all ages film. Tickets by donation; suggested $15 adult, $10 for under 18s. Get your ticket at bys.org.au/movieclub.


Don’t forget to book for Lismore Women’s Festival

Lismore Women’s Festival

Lismore Women’s Festival, is an inclusive event celebrating International Women’s Day.
Over the weekend of March 5–8 there will be lots of workshops as well as entertainment on Saturday night at Lismore City Hall.
Women Up Front is a night of dance, music, surprise and intrigue. All women, all ages, on stages. Families are welcome. People need to book for all events even if they are free ( Due to COVID restrictions). https://events.humanitix.com/lismore-womens-festival21


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Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault acquitted

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